The end of January is a time of celebration for the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and Ursuline Sisters across the globe.
Jan.27 is the feast day of our founder, St.Angela Merici. Not only do we celebrate this wonderful and wondrous woman, we also welcome our newest Associates – Catholic adults who formally share in our values and mission.
This year’s group of Ursuline Associates all enjoy a career common with many of our Sisters – teaching! With the statue of St. Angela in our Motherhouse lobby, meet Aimee Morrison, Linda Lucarell Miller, Brian Smith, Jean Moran and Dan Wakefield. Missing from the photo are Terry Supancic and Kathy Lattanzi.
Amy teaches English at Ursuline High School. She also is the adviser of the Students of Stewardship Club (SOS), “which is devoted to sharing the time and talent of its members,” she says. “We try to align ourselves with projects run by the Ursuline Sisters.”
Also a UHS instructor, Linda teaches religion and is the liturgy coordinator. She earned her doctorate in ministry last year, completing her doctoral dissertation project on the charism of St. Angela Merici at UHS, which was founded by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. “I am most looking forward to shared prayer and companionship on the journey with the amazing women who are Ursulines,” Linda says of becoming an associate.
Brian’s an instructor at UHS as well, teaching Spanish.
Although retired from teaching, Jeannie continues to volunteer at the school where she taught and serves as an advocate and aid to an underprivileged single mother and her children. “It is important to me to become an Associate of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown because the Ursuline Sisters gave me so much, and I would like to give back,” she shares.
Dan is a high school history teacher and the Social Studies Department Chair at Ohio Connections Academy, an e-school serving students across the state of Ohio. He’s volunteered with our HIV/AIDS ministry since 2000, serving with Casa Madre, our program for children. :Becoming an Associate has allowed me to formalize my commitment to the work of the Ursuline Sisters,” he states.
Kathy is a retired teacher and principal who worked for the Sisters in the past. “I look forward to assisting them in their work in any way that I can because I believe in their work,” she says.
As a Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Church in Austintown, Terry works in parish religious instruction. Terry says the Ursuline Sisters’ “inspiration and charisms have been a big part of my own value system and ideals for work. I am eager to help the Sisters in any way possible to continue their important presence in this diocese.”
The new associates will be formally welcomed during Mass at the Motherhouse Chapel Sat., Jan. 26, with a reception to follow. We now have nearly 60 Ursuline Associates.